The Hawkins County Animal Shelter is seeing more pit bulls dropped off after an ordinance that was passed decades ago is now being enforced.

It’s an ordinance the city of Rogersville has had since the 1980’s but many who live in the city say it was only recently that the city started to implement the ban.

Annette Ammentorp, treasurer of the Hawkins County Animal Shelter, says she is starting to see more pit bulls left at the shelter now that the city has started to enforce the ban.

“It’s hard when you see good animals come in with good families and homes that we now have to try to replace simply because of a districting issues,” Ammentorp said.

The ordinance was only recently brought to attention when the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Alderman passed a first reading of a revised version of the ordinance a few weeks ago.

Rogersville City Attorney Bill Phillips said the ordinance itself is nothing new.

“The no pit bull dogs in the city ordinance was actually passed back in the 80’s,” Phillips said. “The pit bull part was amended to provide any animal that is 50% or more pit bull is considered to be a pit bull.”

Phillips said the ordinance can now be enforced because the city hired a full time animal control officer to cite ordinance violations.

“It could be enforced by the police officers before but now we have an animal control officer that will actually take care of that,” Phillips said.

Ammentorp said she doesn’t think it’s fair for the city to ban dogs just because they are a certain breed.

“We have had dogs come in that have been confiscated that aren’t aggressive dogs but just weren’t allowed to be kept in the city limit,” Ammentorp said.

Phillips said the next meeting for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen is set for June 5.

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